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Claude Simon : narrativities without narrative

Author: Mária Minich Brewer
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©1995.
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Reputed to be a conservative group, the Nobel Prize committee astonished the world in 1985 by giving its prize to Claude Simon, one of the most adventurous and challenging of modern authors whose writing defies easy classification. This study shows exactly how inventive and challenging he is. Simon's works run the gamut from first-person narratives to narratives without a stable perspective. His novels deal with
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Brewer, Mária Minich, 1944-
Claude Simon.
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c1995
(OCoLC)624094142
Named Person: Claude Simon; Claude Simon; Claude Simon; Claude Simon; Claude Simon
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mária Minich Brewer
ISBN: 0803212615 9780803212619 0803212224 9780803212220
OCLC Number: 30894306
Description: xxxv, 183 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Narratives of the "End of Ideology" --
(Re)Turns of Narrative --
Like a Narrative: Myth, History, and Genre in the Aftermath --
Narrativities of Order and Disorder --
Myth versus... --
Recasting Oedipus --
Refiguring Narrative and Cultural Legacies --
Narratives of Legacy --
Legacies of Narratives --
Times of Narrative Legacies --
Parody in Postmodernity: Replication and Cultural Critique --
Parody of Narrative --
Parody in Revolution --
General and Particular Mobilizations: Gender, War, and Narrative --
Women and the War Machine --
From Particular to General Mobilizations --
Remarks on an Aesthetic of Disaster.
Responsibility: Mária Minich Brewer.
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Reputed to be a conservative group, the Nobel Prize committee astonished the world in 1985 by giving its prize to Claude Simon, one of the most adventurous and challenging of modern authors whose writing defies easy classification. This study shows exactly how inventive and challenging he is. Simon's works run the gamut from first-person narratives to narratives without a stable perspective. His novels deal with minute details of the grand stages of history - world war, for instance - and with the historical dimensions of everyday life. Maria Minich Brewer demonstrates that Simon has reformulated the standard forms of fiction to expose the logic of narrative, a complex and powerful legacy populated with stereotypes too easily accepted as natural. Her book brings into focus the cultural legacies embedded in narrative as well as the narrative dimensions of culture and history.

Simon has voiced suspicion of narrative order. He never underestimates, however, either its pervasiveness or its powers. In his novels, he never dismisses narrative order as being merely a matter of formal conventions. On the contrary, he reveals narrative representation to be a powerful agent of some of the most violent events to which an individual is subject.

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